It’s one of the most popular suburbs in Leeds, and it’s easy to see why as we round up the best bits of Chapel Allerton.
Next time you want to try somewhere different, why not head out and explore everything Chapel Allerton has to offer? You’ll find an abundance of great food and drink establishments, as well as cool shops and iconic landmarks – they all have a bit of the unique charm that’s made this one of the best places to visit outside the city centre.
Further North is a small but welcoming spot from the North Bar Group where you can travel the world through craft beer. They stock the best international breweries you can come across, so you can try old favourites or something new, from Yorkshire’s finest like Kirkstall and Magic Rock to something more exotic like Belgium’s Duvel and Japan’s Hitachino Nest.
Further North, 194 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
The Little Bookshop
The Little Bookshop is the only independent bookshop dedicated to children in Leeds. This little Chapel Allerton gem offers everything from picture books for the toddlers to bestselling novels for teens. But, there’s more – they hold regular workshops and author talks, alongside daily storytime sessions. And while you’re there, it’s home to a cafe, where you can enjoy a brew and a slice of cake.
The Little Bookshop, 47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
House of Koko
At the southern tip of Chapel Allerton, House of Koko is one of the best cafes in the suburb. They’ll brew up a cup of North Star coffee or a range of loose leaf teas if you need a caffeine hit. Hungry? Take a pew in the chic venue, which is also family-friendly, and tuck into everything from homemade baked beans on toast to Nutella and banana pancakes.
House of Koko, 62 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA.
Thai favourite Sukhothai gives you a warm welcome in a smart restaurant which comes decked out in Buddha statues and water features. It’s the food that you come for though – they have all the classics you expect, from pad Thai to weeping tiger, but take a look at their signature dishes too. Hoy kiew wan, New Zealand mussels in Thai green curry sauce, is a must try.
Sukhothai, 8 Regent Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.
Pinche Pinche is one of the finest Mexican restaurants in Leeds. You can devour your picks from a menu of small plates which are perfect for sharing – although you might not want to. They serve up everything from nachos to quesadillas, sopes and tacos, but the guacamole stands out – it’s made fresh each day and absolutely delicious. It’s the best of Mexico under one roof.
Pinche Pinche, 116 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.
Wayward is a bottle shop from the people behind The Reliance. They specialise in natural, organic wines, hand-picked from independent labels – you won’t find any of their wines in the supermarket. It’s only small, but they pack a lot on to the floor-to-ceiling shelves. Pick up a bottle to take home or enjoy a glass while you browse – they serve cheese from George and Joseph to go with it.
Wayward, 1c Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4PE.
Alley Cats is a cafe bar and record store at the southern edge of Chapel Allerton, decked out in vintage film and music posters. You can tuck into a menu of American comfort food, like fried chicken or grilled cheese sandwiches, and wash them down with a selection of quality craft beer. There’s more – you can take on your pals on the vintage game consoles and browse a selection of second-hand vinyl records to buy or play on their turntables.
Alley Cats, 38 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA.
Cup and Saucer by Opposite
You never know what you’ll get to try with a visit to Opposite’s suburban outpost, Cup and Saucer. They change their coffee up on a regular basis, so one day your latte will be made with North Star, and another you might get a flat white using Square Mile. Either way, they brew a decent cuppa, which you can pair with fresh sandwiches or cakes.
Cup and Saucer by Opposite, 4 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
Seven Arts is a cultural hub for Chapel Allerton. They cover all the bases – you can check out exhibitions from local artists, enjoy a lazy afternoon of live jazz, catch touring musicians coming through the city, revel in a night of comedy or take in a theatre show. But that’s not all, it’s also got a cafe and bar where you can get a brew and a bite to eat during the day, or a drink in the evening.
Seven Arts, 31a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
Scott Hall Leisure Centre
If you’re looking for a place to get fit, Scott Hall Leisure Centre covers all the bases. It’s a gym and sports complex that offers something for everyone. You can go swimming in the 25-metre pool, take on a pal in the squash court or get the footy out in the sports hall. The gym is kitted out with all the machines and equipment you’ll need, and there’s even a creche for the kids while you work out.
Scott Hall Leisure Centre, Scott Hall Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3DT.
The Mustard Pot
The Mustard Pot is a proper cosy pub. The exposed brickwork and roaring fires (in the winter of course) give the local favourite a rustic, country feel. Hungry? They’ve got a menu of pub classics like sausage and mash and a quality roast. There’s a decent selection of real ales, wine and spirits on the bar, and if it’s warm out, take them out into the massive beer garden.
The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
Armadillo is an old school toy shop full of amazing treats for the little ones – you could be there a while. They stock over 50 brands, many of which you won’t find in high street shops, and specialise in wooden toys from the likes of Bigjigs – think railways sets, jigsaws and vehicles. You can get figurines, dolls’ houses, puppets and costumes too – all bases are covered.
Armadillo Toys, 112a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.
Inkwell Arts is a charity-run arts centre that focuses on using creative spaces to help with mental health and people with learning disabilities. They offer a range of different activities that are open to all – you could try painting, drawing or creative writing as well as dropping into to one of their exercise sessions. They also run a weekly Craft Cafe and Saturday Cafe, while Sundays are often taken up with live jazz music.
Inkwell Arts, 31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3LW.
There’s a good reason why Aagrah is one of the best loved Indian restaurants in Leeds – it’s a welcoming venue with top service and quality food. Their Chapel Allerton home is no different – you can kick your meal off with seekh kebabs or meat samosas before tucking into chicken jalfrezi, Goan king prawn or lamb ghosht for your main course.
Aagrah, 33-39 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
Coldbath has been the go-to place for men’s haircuts since 2001. It’s a traditional barber shop, with a retro style – think vintage leather barbers chairs, exposed brickwork and Chesterfield sofas. Once you’re in the seat, it’s ideal for a short back and sides, but they also offer colouring services. Treating yourself? Add a luxury hot towel shave to your visit.
Coldbath, 43 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
This local favourite brings a taste of North Africa to Chapel Allerton. Sami’s is decked out with elaborate archways and colourful sofas, a perfect setting to indulge in classic Moroccan cuisine. They’ve got familiar dishes like tagine, couscous and skewers on the menu, as well as a few specials – the saffron fish balls especially.
Sami’s, 49 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op
If you like to get on your bike, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op will be an absolute haven. There are bikes on the floor, on the walls, possibly even the ceiling, so your only problem might be indecision. They stock everything from kids bikes to road, mountain, electric and even folding bikes. They’ve got all the accessories, clothing and tools you need to keep you and the bike in tip-top shape too.
Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op, 140 Woodland Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4QG.
Get a taste of India with a trip to 4 Kitchens. It’s a welcoming restaurant where you can indulge in a menu of authentic, but unconventional dishes that you might not have come across before, inspired by cuisines of 4 states – Delhi, Goa, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. You can expect dishes like safed murg, chicken pieces cooked in a very delicate onion, cashew nut and saffron gravy.
4 Kitchens, 149 Street Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1AA.
Gledhow Valley Allotments
Chapel Allerton is home to the largest allotments in Leeds at Gledhow Valley. There are 129 plots across a site that’s been used since World War One, and it’s as popular today as it ever has been. You’re able to grow your own fruit and veg, with current plot holders growing everything from tomatoes to carrots, rhubarb and beetoot.
Gledhow Valley Allotments, Gledhow Valley Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4QE.
Crust & Crumb
Crust & Crumb is a renowned cafe-cum-bakery that’s all about fresh, local produce. In fact, they make much of what you can eat in house, from the cakes to the pastries, which go down well with a brew. If you’re after something a little bigger, they offer a range of sandwiches, all made using Bondgate Bakery bread, or you can go for one of their platters, salads and soups.
Crust & Crumb, 110b Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.
Caspar’s Bottle Shop
Caspar’s Bottle Shop is Chapel Allerton’s go-to place to get craft beer. They’ve got all of Leeds’ best, like North, Kirkstall and Northern Monk, alongside other favourites from further afield like Mad Hatter, Wylam and Magic Rock. It’s not just beer either – you can handpick spirits, from labels you wouldn’t normally find in the supermarket.
Caspar’s Bottle Shop, 65 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3LW.
The Sunshine Bakery
The Sunshine Bakery has a big reputation locally, and with sweet treats as good as theirs, it’s no surprise. They serve up cupcakes, brownies and cookies which are all made in their fun, retro cafe daily – will you go for a cherry bakewell cake or a salted caramel brownie? That’s not all they do though, you can pop in for a sarnie on homemade bread, or you can bag a hot special – beef meatball ragu anyone?
The Sunshine Bakery, 182 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
Chirpy is something of a one-off in Chapel Allerton with a dual offering. It’s a design shop and a workshop space. You can browse the shelves of home accessories and gifts you won’t find elsewhere – everything you see is made by local designers. But, if you fancy growing your own creative skills, they also run weekly workshops and courses, from calligraphy to jewellery making.
Chirpy, 148 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
Buca di Pizza
Have you tried Buca di Pizza’s Chapel Allerton home yet? You can choose from 20 different pizzas – you can brave the fiery Wing Commander, with chicken thighs and spicy tomato sauce, or experiment with the Seafood of Mirth, which is topped with Goan curry sauce and mixed seafood. If you’re feeling hungry, go Tutto, and get all you can eat pizza for 90 minutes.
Buca di Pizza, 5 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PJ.
Angels and Angels Too
The two Angels shops of Chapel Allerton could be your saviour next time you need a gift or card for a loved one. Whatever the occasion, you’ll be sorted for birthday, anniversary or good luck cards, and the presents to match – they have a unique selection in each shop so check them out. They also sell handmade jewellery made by local artists if you’re looking for something extra special.
Angels, 132 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ; Angels Too, 122 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY.
Got a big celebration coming up? Get a cake to remember the occasion by at Simply Cakes. They’ve been a mainstay of Chapel Allerton for over 30 years now, and one thing hasn’t changed in that time – the quality of their creations. You can get everything from a simple birthday cake with a dedication on top to a multi-tier wedding cake that will put the cherry on top of your special day.
Simply Cakes, 65a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PQ.
Casablanca is one of those gift and homeware shops you could spend hours in. It’s full of great ideas for any presents you need to buy, or things you never knew you needed around the house. You’ve got everything from stylish mugs, plates and glassware to scarves, candles and jewellery. They have a section for cards and flowers too.
Casablanca, 126a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
Like digging out a bargain? Spend the day in Chapel Allerton’s charity shops. You’ll find St Gemma’s Hospice here, which does great work in the local community. You’ll be able to find all sorts inside, as it offers everything from homeware to clothes, records and electronics. They also have another shop, which is solely dedicated to vintage furniture.
St Gemma’s Hospice Shop, 112 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY, St Gemma’s Hospice Furniture Shop, 4 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LA.
Kith & Kin
Kith & Kin is a bar for every occasion. It’s a homely venue with an all-day menu that’s focussed on tasty but healthy eats. Start the day with smashed avocado or poached eggs, tuck into one of their gourmet sandwiches at lunch, or dig into the likes of Portuguese chicken in piri-piri sauce, coleslaw, fries and crème fraîche for tea – it’s your call. Wash your choice down with their tempting cocktail menu.
Kith & Kin, 16-18 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
Cutting Room Creative
Cutting Room Creative is a L’Oreal Professional hair salon that’s been changing hair-dos and winning awards for over 30 years in Chapel Allerton. They offer a wide range of services, from a simple cut and dry to colouring highlights and balayage. They’re renowned for their extensions too, using two of the best names in the business – Great Lengths and Easilocks.
Cutting Room Creative, Town Street, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NB.
The Mad Greek
The name isn’t wrong – The Mad Greek is a no-nonsense cafe with a vibrant atmosphere that brings quality Mediterranean cuisine to Leeds, and ran by a Greek fella who’s the life and soul of the venue. Their speciality is their gyro, filled with chicken, pork or feta & tomato. That’s not all they do though – they have a range of Greek favourites like paputsaki, stifado and moussaka as well as burgers, pizza and wraps.
The Mad Greek, 14 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
Baa Ram Ewe
Baa Ram Ewe is the place to go if you need to stock up on knitting supplies. They’ve sourced the best Yorkshire-made and British-breed yarns, as well as all the essential accessories you need to enjoy this old school hobby. From needles to patterns, it’s all here. And if you want to make the most of their expertise, why not head to one of their workshops?
Baa Ram Ewe, 180 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
George and Joseph
You have no reason to get the same boring old Cheddar again thanks to George and Joseph’s cheese expertise. They’re the city’s top cheesemongers, specialising in the best that Yorkshire has to offer, as well as blocks from the UK and beyond. Throw in some chutneys, pickles and accessories or visit their monthly cheese tasting events. And if you can’t get enough of that, they even do celebration cakes made out of cheese.
George and Joseph, 140 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
The Woods is a cool watering hole, with wood-panelled bars, bicycle wheels hanging from the ceiling and a trio of outdoor areas spread across three floors. There’s loads of local craft beer, and a small but tempting wine list. If you get hungry, expect wood fired pizzas and snack-worthy small plates. Love music? Look out for their regular themed music nights too.
The Woods, Stainbeck Corner, 5 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PG.
Nichols Vegetarian Deli
Nichols is one of the best cafes in the suburb, and you don’t need to be a vegetarian or vegan to enjoy it. They have a delectable menu to take you from breakfast through to lunch. You could try their take on a full English to start the day, alongside a range of hot dishes for lunch – red pepper hummus, roast veg & sweet potato pie anyone? If you’re on the go, grab a sandwich or one of their salads.
Nichols Vegetarian Deli, 86a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LZ.
Gledhow Valley Woods
Gledhow Valley Woods is a 1.5km ribbon of wood and grassland along the eastern edge of Chapel Allerton. Follow the route through the woods along Gledhow Beck, looking out for birds, hedgehogs, and butterflies as you go. Depending on the time of year, you can also see everything from bluebells and buttercups to poppies, yellow pimpernels and field roses.
Gledhow Valley Woods, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8.
El Bareto cooks up some of the best Spanish tapas in the Leeds suburbs. You’re met with a petite rustic bar as you enter where you can enjoy a drink while you wait, before you head downstairs where you’ll find the Spanish charm continues. It’s time to pile up the plates as the menu tempts you in with dishes like seafood paella, chorizo in cider and veggie ratatouille.
El Bareto, 120 Gledhow Valley Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6LX.Cover image copyright Corvin Pamp.